The Big Portage: How The Canadian Canoe Museum Will Move 600 Historical Boats

A grand portage is underway at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Ontario. Since the museum’s beginning in 1997, the growing collection of floating watercraft has made its home in a former outboard motor factory within the town of Peterborough. Now, after years of planning,...
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The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique national heritage centre that explores the canoe's enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. We're an engaging, family-friendly museum with more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display. Visitors will enjoy interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building and puppet theatre for children. Through inclusive, memorable and engaging exhibits and programs we share the art, culture, heritage and spirit of paddled watercraft with our communities.

Founded on a collection of the late Professor Kirk Wipper, and established in Peterborough, Ontario, in 1997, the museum's holdings now number more than 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Together they span the country from coast to coast to coast and represent many of the major watercraft traditions of Canada.

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